Monday, April 8, 2024

"Solar Eclipse 2024"...

This is during the totality of the 2024 solar eclipse. This one was a longer exposure to capture more solar flares. If you look closely, you can also see solar flares at around 10:00, 4:00 and 6:00 (clock positions), with the largest at 6:00.
 
(c) Kelly Shipp
April 8, 2024. Conway, Arkansas.
Photo # K04_8424-8430c.



Monday, April 1, 2024

"Heavenly Beams"...

Clouds rolled in over central Ouachita Mountains on the day before Easter.
I've photographed many panoramas like this one, but I found the number of beams of light astonishing on this day.
Even on the cloudiest day, the light from the sun can easily be as beautiful as a sunny day.

Ouachita Mountains (central Arkansas; Mt. Nebo is just right of center of this panorama).
Photo # IM7_2479-2488bw3s.
(c) Kelly Shipp



Friday, March 29, 2024

"Sunrise, Ear of the Wind"...

Ear of the Wind is a 134-foot-tall arch located in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.
I like how sunrise strongly divided the landscape visually and adds more depth to the photograph.
The reason you don’t see any pictures from the other side of the arch is that it isn’t visible; the arch opens upward, which is why it is called an ear.

Monument Valley used to be submerged in an ancient sea. After millions of years of sediment being deposited, tectonic forces pushed these layers up. Erosion via wind, water, ice, gravity, and other forces of nature slowly chipped away at the rock. This is how Ear of the Wind was formed in DeChelly sandstone; the soft interior rock was eroded, leaving just the hard exterior rock.

Navajo Nation Reservation, Monument Valley, Arizona.
Photo # IM7_0371-377bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp



Saturday, March 23, 2024

"Navajo County"...

The sun peeks through the snow storm clouds to give light to this mountain range.
It was actually snowing while I was photographing this scene. The wind was gusting so much, I had to keep one hand above the lens to keep the snow from the lens. The tree trunk (far right), being used as a fence post, stood out to me in the landscape.

Kayenta is the only "township" existing under the laws of the Navajo Nation.
Kayenta, Arizona.
Photo # IM7aa_0058-64bbwg.
(c) Kelly Shipp



Wednesday, March 20, 2024

"Personalities"...

Can waterfalls have personalities?  One may argue this when looking at this group of waterfalls.  Each one seems to have its own flow, behavior, noise, and brightness.

Cornelius Falls creek, Heber Springs, Arkansas.
Photo # K04_6962m1cbw.
(c) Kelly Shipp

 


 

Monday, March 18, 2024

"The Sound of Silence"...

For some, nature's sounds are quiet sounds. The sound of water can be so peaceful that it tends to go silent.
Cornelius Falls is a nice waterfall that is approx. 40 feet high. This is a peaceful place since the hike here is a little challenging to get to, so it keeps some of the footprints lesser. Like most waterfalls in Arkansas, the water level varies during the wet season, so the experience can vary as well.

Heber Springs, Arkansas.
Photo # K04_6942-47h3bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp



Wednesday, March 13, 2024

"Between Storms"...

I found myself mesmerized by the small white clouds that seemed to be floating on their own. To the right, there were rain and sleet storms that had passed earlier. To the left is a snow storm coming. You can see snow-capped mountains in the background.

The back highways, somewhere near the Colorado and Arizona borders.
Photo # K04_5516-39bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp